Pro Bono Project to host free wills clinics in Pembroke on Friday, Feb. 24

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Pembroke Wills Clinic

Two groups of Pro Bono Project participants will travel on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, to Pembroke, North Carolina, to host a free wills clinic at Legal Aid of North Carolina.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to get some experience and help people who are in much need of assistance preparing wills,” organizers say.

Pembroke is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Winston-Salem. Volunteers will leave in two waves. The first wave will leave at 8:15 a.m. from the law school and will arrive at the clinic around 10:45 a.m. The first appointments will be held at 11 a.m. These students will stay and assist clients until the next wave of students arrive. The second wave of students will leave the law school at noon and arrive at the clinic around 2:30 p.m. They will meet with clients until approximately 5 p.m. This is a same-day clinic, so volunteers will intake and execute wills the same day.

The Wills Project focuses on assisting low-income clients in drafting their will under the supervision of seasoned attorneys. During a clinic, students meet with clients, listen to her or his wishes regarding how she or he wants her or his property distributed after death, and walk her or him through the drafting process. Students will have the opportunity to assist several clients during a single clinic.

This isn’t the first time Wake Forest Law students have traveled to Pembroke to provide pro bono legal services to members of the Lumbee Indian Tribe as well as others living in Robeson County. In fact, Wake Forest Law students were the first to volunteer to help the Legal Aid office in Pembroke and have been making annual trek to southeastern North Carolina since 2011.

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